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The Best Flowers (and Plants) to Send Mom This Mother’s Day

Wow the most important woman in your life with a floral arrangement or plant that perfectly suits her style and your budget.

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Something that’s sure to make her smile

At this time of year, most flowers and plants are earmarked for one very special holiday: Mother’s Day. Now’s their chance to fulfill their role of putting a smile on your mom’s face while adding a pop of color or a touch of nature to her kitchen or living room. While the pressure is on to find the perfect present for the most important woman in your life, there’s no need to stress. Nip your indecisiveness in the bud by sending one of these garden-fresh selections right to her front door. And don’t forget to include a card with one of these beautiful Mother’s Day quotes written on it.

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Tropical Love flowersvia bouqs.com

Tropical Love

From $44.00

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Transport your mom to a paradise far, far away for a fraction of the cost with the Tropical Love bouquet from The Bouqs Co. This arrangement is filled with exotic flowers, like red ginger, and plenty of bright greenery. It’s like gifting a tropical rainforest in a vase. Plus, tropical blossoms are one of 17 cut flowers that last the longest in a vase.

Orchid Phalaenopsisvia bloomscape.com

Orchid Phalaenopsis

$80.00

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Purple orchids are said to symbolize admiration and are often given as a sign of respect—the perfect tone for Mother’s Day. Also known as the moth orchid or moon orchid, Phalaenopsis orchids are low-maintenance beauties perfect for the busy mother. Just place this plant from Bloomscape in bright, indirect sunlight and maintain its moisture levels, and Mom will enjoy blooms for many months to come. The accompanying pot is a handmade, one-of-a-kind creation—just like your mother.

succulentsvia 1800flowers.com

Sweet Succulent Heart Garden

$39.99

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Even though your mom did an amazing job keeping you alive for 18 years, it doesn’t mean she has the same nurturing instincts for a plant. If she doesn’t have a green thumb, gift a delightfully low-maintenance assortment of succulents that only needs watering every two weeks. This garden from 1-800 Flowers arrives in a textured, heart-shaped cement planter that further demonstrates your love. For your own home, check out these 15 low-light houseplants that thrive in near darkness.

The Bold Floralvia urbanstems.com

The Bold Floral

$170.00

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Does your mom have a flair for the dramatic? Does she seek out bold color combinations in her wardrobe or home-decor choices? Is she obsessed with the latest issue of Vogue each month? Then the Bold Floral from UrbanStems—with its dramatic display of purples, yellows, and oranges—will make her eyes light up with excitement. This statement piece was designed exclusively by Vogue as a nod to the latest floral runway trends and comes in a sophisticated charcoal vase.

rainbow rosesvia fromyouflowers.com

Wild Rainbow Roses

$49.99

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If everything little thing she does is magic, then your mom will adore this bouquet from FromYouFlowers.com. Each rose boasts an entire rainbow among its petals, thanks to a special process that enhances color and turns the arrangement into a living kaleidoscope. Warning: No future Mother’s Day bouquet will ever top this, so proceed with caution. Learn the real meaning behind 15 rose colors.

Boston Fern Hanging Basketsvia amazon.com

Boston Fern Hanging Baskets

$46.99

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For the mother who gave birth to twins, has two children, or simply swears by symmetry, a pair of lush Boston ferns from Costa Farms sends the perfect sentiment. When hanging indoors, Boston ferns work well as natural air purifiers—they even make the list of the best air-cleaning plants, according to NASA. They’d also make a nice addition to any deck or patio; just keep them in a partly shady or fully shaded spot.

The DIY Gardenvia amazon.com

The DIY Garden

$99.00

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Now that you’re all grown up, give your mom a new “baby” to fuss over—a DIY garden. Actually, it won’t be much of a fuss at all with the AeroGarden Harvest hydroponic system, which automatically turns on the grow lights and tells you when to add water and plant food. This countertop garden doesn’t need any soil, sun, or space to thrive. It comes with an herb seed kit, but you can also choose from 33 floral seed kits, including mini petunias, colorful zinnias, cascading petunias, fragrant lavender, and even edible flowers.

Conversation Rosesvia 1800flowers.com

Conversation Roses

From $61.99

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When you don’t know what to say, say it with flowers. And when your flowers come with a loving message of their own embossed right onto the petals? You’ve struck gift gold! The Conversation Roses from 1-800 Flowers adds the sweet sentiments of “Best Mom Ever” and “Happy Mother’s Day” directly onto light pink and hot pink roses. And if that still doesn’t seem special enough, you can also include a pink hourglass vase, Belgian chocolate truffles, or a heart-shaped keepsake. Your mom will never forget this Mother’s Day. For something a little different, check out these 8 moving Mother’s Day traditions from around the world.

flower subscriptionvia bouqs.com

Flower Subscription

From $36.00

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We get it: Sometimes all your love for Mom can’t be contained in a single present. That’s why The Bouqs Co. offers a flexible flower subscription. It’s a gift that keeps on giving every month, all year long. You’ll save 30 percent and receive free shipping on these freshly cut flowers that are sourced directly from sustainable farms to ensure that they stay fresh longer. Mom always taught you to spend your money wisely, right? Now’s your chance to show her you listened. Don’t miss these other great subscription box ideas.

Preserved Magnificent Rosesvia 1800flowers.com

Preserved Magnificent Roses

From $175.00

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This hatbox full of lavender and pink preserved roses is perfect for the mother who can’t bear the thought of spending money on a gift that won’t last much longer than a week. Unlike dried flowers, preserved flowers maintain their appearance in a sophisticated and luxurious way. The best part? No watering required! Plus, 1-800 Flowers says they’ll maintain their original beauty for at least six months, as long as they are kept away from sunlight and humidity.

Ponytail Palmvia bloomscape.com

Ponytail Palm

$65.00

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Is your mom’s signature hairdo a ponytail? She’ll get a chuckle out of Bloomscape’s quirky ponytail palm, which is a member of the Agave family. This species requires very little care, making it a good choice for the mom who travels frequently or is a little forgetful when it comes to watering her plants. It helps clean the air and is pet-friendly, too. For other easy-to-care-for varieties, here’s a list of 13 houseplants anyone can grow.

the hoya via urbanstems.com

The Hoya

$35.00

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Did you know Mother Nature grows her own hearts? Surely her creation—the Hoya cactus, a tropical succulent with thick, heart-shaped leaves—is perfect for your mother. UrbanStems places this Hoya in a beautifully glazed pot that’s simple enough to let this plant take center stage. Even with watering only once or twice a month, it will last for years.

flowersvia fromyouflowers.com

European Floral Garden

From $42.49

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Is your heart bursting with love for your mom? Then choose this European Floral Garden from FromYouFlowers.com. Its clear vase wrapped in twine is overflowing with a cheerful cornucopia of sunflowers, pink tulips, red alstroemeria, purple monte casino asters, and green poms. If you’re looking to pair this present with something else, check out these 100 Mother’s Day gifts ideas she’ll actually love.

mothers day flowersvia bouqs.com

One-Click Roses

From $49.00

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Feeling overwhelmed by all the options? The Bouqs Co. has made things even easier by pre-selecting a beautiful bouquet of Mother’s Day roses; just choose the “1-click roses for Mom” button at the top of the website. Then, the only decision you’ll have to make is choosing between three bouquet sizes (this colorful arrangement comes in 12, 24, and 36 rose stems) and two vases (an additional $10). Next, learn the surprising history of Mother’s Day you never knew.

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Jill Schildhouse
Jill Schildhouse is an award-winning writer based in Phoenix who regularly covers travel, health and wellness, personal finance and e-commerce. Her bylines have appeared in Reader's Digest, The Healthy, Oxygen, AAA, Brides, Vegetarian Times, and Phoenix Home & Garden magazines, among others. She earned a BA in corporate communications from Northern Illinois University. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin